Mary E. Anderson (marya@SMARTNET.NET)
Wed, 31 Jul 1996 00:32:30 -0500
Here is the internet agenda w/notes that was compiled from suggestions
from the list. Things  will not be covered, but are listed so we are
aware of items not covered under this program. Please feel free to
keep your suggestions comming. My thanks to all who helped put this
INTERNET ROUNDTABLE- Scouting on the Internet
September 5, 1996
It is my goal to entice Scout Leaders in my district to explore this
great resource, the INTERNET.
I. I want to keep this short and interesting.
II. Plan a demo (on-line if possible), try to emphasize practical
look-up of something (1-2) things. Have hand outs! Your demo will take
twice as long as you expect (and you'll cover only = as much) because
people will ask all kinds of questions.
III. Stay focused on your points and keep moving. You are not training
them in computer operations or software quirks. Focus on content,
finding information. Different people have different
computers/programs, ignore those differences, concentrate on the
information to be had.
I. What is INTERNET? Spend about 3-4 sentences on this. You could
spend days, but it isn't necessary.
A. A definition...the INTERNET is a group of computers (all over the
world), that people have stored files on. Files that you can look at,
use, and even communicate with.
B. You connect to the INTERNET via a INTERNET provider...Be sure to
include America online, CompuServe, Prodigy, etc. as they all connect to
Internet, and many have their own Scouting resources on them.
1. What we'll be using...Smartnet...because it's what I have.
2. Free offers available...see your Set-up buddy'. Most providers
are willing to provide free offers. We will ask several to do this.
C. Internet Web Browsers...search engines. Searches through all those
files stored on all those computers. Topics can be Scouting, Camping,
outdoors, merit badge, etc..
1. Netscape...what we're using...There are others available...see
your Set-up Buddy' for information.
[a. Advantages & Disadvantages...I'm not qualified on this...hope
those Scout Buddies' are.
1. slow downloads
2. being able to use graphic interface]
2. You have to find it first.
a. Reference "The Commissioners' Internet Resources Workshop -
Section 1 - Getting Access to E-mail & the Internet.
>http://www.macscouter.com/CIRW/CIRW_P2_Sl.html< 1. DEMO this site. Provi
de rudimentary instructions in using
Netscape' menu buttons, i.e... home, location, back/forward; As well as
pointing out the wealth of information at this site.
II. What information does the INTERNET have that might be useful to me
as a Scout Leader?
A. Some cautions first.
1. There is no "official" source of BSA information on the
Internet, save the BSA homepage, which basically tells you to contact
your local council. What there is a lot of is opinions and ideas. If you
approach the net as a place to get ideas, opinions and advice you will
be successful. For policy, go to your District Exec or Council Service
2. Many people at work nowadays have (at least) E-mail access to
INTERNET and thus Scouts-L (at least). Though, they need to check work
policies about 'personal' use of company resources.
B. DEMONSTRATE, but don't overdo, people will be snowed under and not
see even the forest. Try to talk to a couple of people ahead of time (or
plant them) to ask specific questions that can quickly be researched
while you are on-line. This shows practical usage (e.g. awards
presentation ceremony or some funny songs or tips on tent selection or
menus or ...)
1. DEMO a couple of screen shots of BSA Official home page.
Netscape' functions covered, (Bookmark)
> http://www.scouting.org/#cubs < 2. DEMO Troop 24 Berkely. Netscape' functi
ons covered, (links)
CLICK > http://www.emf.net/~troop24/t24.html <
CLICK >http://www.emf.net/~troop24/t24/info/intro.html <
CLICK >http://www.emf.net/~troop24/calendar/activities.html <
3. DEMO More web resources.
> http://www.macscouter.com/CIRW/CIRW_P2_S3.html <Click...Clipart...for example.
4. Give them instructions as to how to subscribe to Scouts-L
a. Instructions for Participation in SCOUTS-L
>http://www.yosemite.net/mariposa/clubs/t94/t94_sctl.html <DEMO Scouts-L, using
Netscape Mail. Netscape' functions covered, (Mail
b. Warn them about the volume of E-mail in case they are accessing
c. HANDOUT a digest of one typical day's postings.
d. HANDOUT Scouts-L index of downloadable files.
e. HANDOUT Using Scout-L to write this agenda. (writeage.wpd)
5. Let them know of any news groups that still exist connected with
Scouts. Netscape' functions covered, (News menu functions). Very Brief.
a. DEMO rec.scounting.usa
6. DEMO Powwow...real time chatting, either typing or voice (if
speakers on both computers). HANDOUT A Electronic Collaboration with
III. What information would we (Leaders), be able to make available on
the INTERNET, to share with each other? (websites, scout shop, etc.)
A. Local Information...files we write and put on all those
computers...full of whatever we think is needed by other leaders (either
local or not)...i.e. leadership names and contacts, activities and
calendar, program ideals. DEMO Troop 24 again.
3. Unit DEMO Troop 59 & 60
> http://www.cjnetworks.com/~jvannice/troop59.html < 4. Personal DEMO Randy's
> http://www.ee.twsu.edu/~randy/#me < [B. How to put information on the Web, A
Beginner's Guide to HTML'.
If they are novices, save this for a later session. They have to get
used to the looking for stuff idea first. Later they'll be ready to
contribute. Be careful here my knowledge is limited.]
> http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/General/Inernet/WWW/HTMLPrimer.html <
> http://www.sl.usscouts.org/about.html <IV. Learning how to use INTERNET... A
Hands ON Session. Due to limited
time we have geared this program to "What is on the Web" and skipped a
lot of information that you will need to get on line'. Although setting
up hardware & configuring software becomes easier all the time, it is
still a individual set-up that depends on your unique hardware &
You should do three things:
1. Utilize the equipment here tonight.
2. Talk with the Set-up Buddies'.
3. Review the sites referenced in this agenda.
4. Obtain an internet provider set-up disk if needed.
A. HANDOUT - List of current Set Up Buddies'... any volunteers?
Have a table staffed with volunteers willing to help Scouts set-up. Try
to find another 1-2 'experts' to volunteer to help with this.
1. Setting up hardware & software...separate month in it self. This
needs to be done individually, don't waste group's time on this. Far
too many variables.
A. Set-up buddies...other local Scouts who will individually help you
set-up your system...after you get set-up and know what your doing you
can volunteer to be a set-up buddy for the next new guy'.
B. Make arrangements for a personal computer, connected to the
INTERNET available at Roundtable, for demos.
1. Use a type of overhead-projector that hooks up to a PC. The image
projects onto a screen so the whole class can see...try to borrow one of
these, you wouldn't have the whole group crowded around a little
computer monitor. If can't get projector, do hardcopys of referenced
C. Make this Agenda with interactive links, available on the
Internet. Currently beyond my abilities...any help?
V. Wrap Up.
Hands on session.
Allow opportunity to talk with Set-up Buddies.
CM Pack 3051
Heart of America Council-Pelathe District: Lawrence, KS
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City